Wednesday Wilderness Standard Hike

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Send me an email or give me call regarding status Wednesday after 6:00. Don Piller

Wednesday Wilderness Standard Hike, February 23, 2022

 

Wednesday forecast is for snow with bitter temperatures and high winds. Make sure that you check your email on Wednesday Morning after 6:30 AM for Go/Nogo  status.

 

This hike starting at the West Mesa Trailhead takes us north in Cuyamaca State Park through chaparral and vast grasslands to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and then to the gorgeous and aptly named Green Valley.

 

13.1 miles, 2.5 pace, elevation gain 1200 ft.

9 AM start time. Mission Valley carpool leaves at 8 AM. Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers. You must be fully COVID vaccinated to come on this hike.

 

This Wednesday’s hike is 13.1 miles and 1200 feet of elevation, in Cuyamaca State Park. We begin at the West Mesa Trailhead, taking the Cold Stream Trail north to the Stonewall Creek Fire Road, again north, and then east for just a mile on the Soapstone Grade Fire Road where we take the California Riding and Hiking Trail north, passing into Anza Borrego Desert State Park. There, we pick up La Cima Trail, circling back south first on the Upper Green Valley Trail and then on the Upper Green Valley Fire Road. We connect to the Cold Spring Trail via the short Hill Trail, finally reaching the West Mesa Trailhead.

 

The first half of the hike is a gentle uphill, and the second half, not surprisingly, is generally downhill. There are a few rocky areas but as of the prior Saturday, there was no snow on trail, and no mud. You may wish to bring poles. The hike is mostly exposed.

 

Pack lunch, snack, and water. Forecast is for snow with bitter temperatures and high winds. 

 

First time hikers must contact a leader (below) before joining the hike. Make sure you review our information in the Wilderness section of the Walkabout-int.org newsletter. www.Walkabout-int.org/walks-2/wilderness-hikes/

 

Directions: From I-8 East, take CA 79 North to Cuyamaca State Park. The West Mesa Trailhead is on the right, about a mile after the Park Visitor Center and Store.

 

Leaders:​

Scott Opis, 202-257-2833, [email protected]

​​Andy Allen, 5015294997-529-4997, [email protected]